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U.S. Under Secretary of Defense Miller and Acting Under Secretary of State Gottemoeller meet with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki

December 5, 2012

Under Secretary of Defense Dr. James Miller and Acting Under Secretary of State Rose Gottemoeller met today with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki before the launch of the bilateral Defense and Security Joint Coordination Committee meeting under the U.S. – Iraq Strategic Framework Agreement. The two sides discussed the serious nature of threats in the region, including the situation in Syria, and the American officials reiterated the U.S. commitment to work as quickly as possible to ensure that Iraq has the necessary capability to provide for the defense and security of Iraq.  The two sides reaffirmed the depth and importance of the U.S.-Iraq strategic relationship, and the importance of ongoing dialogue on the range of shared interests between the United States and Iraq.